Alaska Airlines drops $60 monthly transit-pass subsidy for employees

“Alaska Airlines will eliminate a $60 monthly subsidy it has long provided to employees to buy passes for public transit for their commutes” writes David Gutman for About 85 percent of Alaska Airlines’ employees at its SeaTac offices and operations drive alone to work, according to the company’s most recent survey.Alaska Airlines said it would continue to encourage employees to take advantage of a federal law that allows them to use pretax dollars to pay for transit access.The change, effective Jan. 1, is essentially a pay cut for employees who commute to work by public transit.About 8 percent of Alaska’s workforce nationwide used the subsidy and the company spent about $1.2 million annually on it, said Ann Johnson, an Alaska spokeswoman.

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